A Midsummer Night's Dream
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies yet still resounds with the brilliance and charm of his later works. Directed by Sir Peter Hall using The Royal Shakespeare Academy’s cast of actors, this 1968 version is one of the wittiest and wildest of all versions to be produced. Hermia (Helen Mirren) is in love with Lysander (David Warner) but are forbidden to marry. Together they set off into the enchanted woods to live together in happiness. Unknown to them, the couple is followed by Demetrius who loves Hermia. Demetrius, in turn, is followed by Helena for she is in love with him. Their collective adventures are further compounded by the inhabitants of the wood, the Faeries. Oberon and Titania (Dame Judi Dench), the King and Queen of the Faeries, cast the lovers into turmoil through their magic and their own jealousies. With its cast of great performers, this film version of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is a hilarious and tremendous production of one of the Bard’s greatest works.